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Mr. Sheridan H. Davis

Mr. Sheridan H. Davis, age 77, a lifelong resident of Newborn and former Mayor of Newborn passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born May 20, 1937 in Newborn, Georgia to Harvey and Thelma Dobbs Davis who have preceded him in death. Mr. Davis was the owner of S.H. Davis Welding and Repair, Inc. in Newborn for 57 years. He retired from General Motors and was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Davis loved to draw, make wood crafts, and he was an avid outdoorsman. One of his biggest joys in life came when he could spend time with ...

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Q&A with the coach

After wrapping up the second day of the Newton High School girl's summer basketball camp, head coach Tiffani Johnson answered a few hard-hitting questions from The Covington News.

June 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rising from the middle of the pack

After last season with the Georgia Revolution men, Robin Dixon went from assistant coach to head coach.

June 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Mr. Vincent O. Johnson

Mr. Vincent Orlando Johnson was born on Aug. 17, 1964 in Conyers, Georgia to Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt (Annie Florence) Johnson.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. James Parks Smith ‘Lil Buddy’

Mr. James Parks Smith was born June 3, 1946 to the late Mr. Willie Henry Smith and Mrs. Ruth Emma Parks Smith in Greenville, Georgia. He was preceded in death by one son, Mr. James D. Smith, three brothers; Mr. Robert L. Smith, Mr. Irvin L. Smith and Mr. Willie H. Smith, one sister, Mrs. Mary R. Freeman.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Talitha Breed Ozley

Talitha Breed Ozley, wife of Rev. John Ozley, left this life to be with the Lord on June 2 at 2:15 p.m. while in hospice care at home. She was a devoted wife of 65 years, and served with "Preacher John" in various pastoral assignments across North Georgia, the most years of which were in Cherokee and Newton Counties. As a beautiful and gracious lady, Talitha served with diligence, love and generosity. She will be remembered by many friends where she served as musician and choral director, as well as teaching music and voice. She was educated in ...

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Make summer fitness fun

Family Features

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Cousins Middle School Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Newton County Jail Log

Oak Hill Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Flint Hill Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Heard-Mixon Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

East Newton Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

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America’s budding tyrants

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

May 24, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Oak Hill earns tenth 4-H trophy

When 4-H leaders walk into a fifth grade classroom, the students smile and start sneaking notebooks back into their desks. They seem to think they get a break from learning for the next hour.

May 24, 2014 | Terri Kimble | Columnists

THE VA FIASCO

Fiasco correctly describes the unmitigated disgraceful conduct of the Veterans Administration unfolding before our very eyes on national television. Criminal neglect, criminal incompetence, criminal rationale and criminal bureaucrats dressed in business suits collected unearned bonuses after directly, or at best indirectly, causing the deaths of our sick and ailing veterans.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

OPINION: Ditch the new EPA water rules

In 1972 the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed with a goal of improving water quality across the nation. To achieve this goal the CWA established a system of cooperative federalism that preserves primary state authority over land and water uses, but prohibits certain "discharges" into "navigable waters" from a "point source" unless authorized by federal permit. The law states that "navigable waters" are "waters of the U.S." Two sections of the law have particular impacts on agriculture. Section 404 allows the Corps to issue permits for discharges of "dredge and fill" material into navigable waters. This section deals ...

May 24, 2014 | By Crystal Powell-Hyatt Newton County Farm Bureau | LOCAL

County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Porterdale may get disc golf course

Flying discs in the forest may soon be coming to Porterdale, an effort the mayor and council members hope will indirectly bring revenue and modernization to the small downtown while retaining and highlighting the history.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Our thoughts on Memorial Day

"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Newton sends four to college

MJ Boykin signed his national letter of intent to attend Reinhardt University after he received a full scholarship to play baseball. Boykin stole 15 bases in his senior season as a Ram and hit .368.

May 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Four students get full ride to college

Making it through college debt-free is a common goal for students and parents, and four area high school graduates are on their way to keeping a comfortable wallet for the next four years.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

The accidental photographer

Newton County native Cpl. Bryce Burton might be an accidental photographer.

May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon news@covnews.com | LOCAL

Newton graduation 2014 photo slideshow

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Eastside graduation 2014 photo spread

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Alcovy graduation 2014 photo spread

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Ms. Rose Mary Nolley

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Decorating the dead

Memorial Day is a special day, a day to reminisce, a time to mourn, and an occasion to praise the men and women that fought and died for our hard-earned freedoms. Originally dubbed Decoration Day to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, the term 'Memorial Day' as we now know it was first used in 1882. Even more common after WWII, the expression became official by Federal law in 1967.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

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